Subaru Forester XT to be dropped for all-new 2019 Forester?
With the all-new Subaru Forester being revealed later this month there are rumours out of Japan that Subaru will drop the Forester XT…
SUBARU TEASED THE ALL-NEW Forester earlier this week and now rumours out of Japan suggest the turbocharged Forester XT will be dropped. Here’s what we know. The engine of choice for the Forester going forward will be the 2.5-litre four-cylinder that has recently been tweaked for the refreshed Outback and the same with the CVT. Some markets could previously choose a manual transmission, but it looks like Subaru will drop that globally and go with a CVT-only approach.
A Practical Motoring contact in Japan says they’ve heard confirmation that the FA20 turbocharged four-cylinder previously used for the Forester XT has been dropped. Meaning, if you want to turbocharged Forester XT then you’d better get to your local Subaru dealer pronto. That said, the same contact suggested low-blow turbo engines Subaru is working on could eventually find their way back into the Forester but it won’t be the same.
And, then we come to the much-talked-about hybrid Forester. According to our information, it’s coming but it’ll be here a little while after the regular Forester, and whether we’ll see it in Australia remains to be seen. Subaru is staying tight-lipped on all details surrounding the new Forester.
What we do believe, though, is the hybrid system will borrow heavily from Toyota’s hybrid platform (Toyota is a shareholder in Subaru) and that the petrol engine will be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder.
Thanks to the new platform under the Forester, Practical Motoring’s been told the new Forester will be 10-20mm longer and 20mm wider. Ground clearance is expected to stay the same.